Tavish wrote:I guess it depends on what you mean by "breaking the story'. Google has said that UMG had no right to take the video down and reinstated it. Is there something specific you are looking for?
Seems I must have missed that somehow. Was a busy weekend and there was lots of drinking too, but no excuse. I must have missed that, I do see it is back up. Will be interesting to follow the court battle that will continue over this since a ton of Megaupload's traffic is illegal file sharing (not all of it of course, but quite a bit). Will likely be a very long trial and one I wouldn't want to get into if I were on the Megaupload side of the courtroom.
Well I think there is pretty strong resentment towards UMG due to the previous actions of the RIAA members combined and their strong-arming of anyone who they think is hurting the bottom line. And there is a pretty strong distrust of Google by those who think they would be quick to sellout the community as a whole if it helped them in the slightest. In this specific case one of those two has happened.
Yeah, I kinda figured bias was having to kick in. I mean, I'm not a fan of the RIAA, but I also don't despise them or anything. As to Google, if it helps them earn money or take over the world (or even just the internet world), then I'm sure they'd do whatever it is. Haha.
Google has the power to block anything they want for sure. But AFAIK they have never chosen to use it other than instances where they were bound by law to block a video (not sure if it has ever been used to block a specific uploader). Megaupload has the "right" because Google has granted it to them (and everyone else). Megaupload has used that right to upload a promotional video for their company.
Google has also given content owners the "right" to remove videos they own. UMG (according to Google) overstepped this "right" by removing something they did not own. That is the reason for the uproar. Not so much that Google removed the video, but that UMG even requested that it be removed.
Oh, I'm positive that specific uploaders have been banned from uploading content.
One thing to remember, the party that grants "rights", also has the power to take those "rights" away at their discretion. In this case, if Google wanted to take the "right" away that they gave Megaupload, they can. Like I said, I'm sure it has happened tons of times already.
So most everything is like what happens when PETA opens their mouth. Got it. Haha, just kidding. The court battle should be interesting, very interesting.
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